• Gannon VI demand for school funding is off base

    Gannon VI demand for school funding is off base0

    The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) says it will take another $364 million to satisfy the Gannon VI finding of inadequate funding, but based on the court’s own test of adequacy, there’s no legal basis for more school funding. In its June 2018 ruling on Gannon VI, the court said the state owes inflationary increases

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  • Courts, many elected officials ignore purpose of school funding

    Courts, many elected officials ignore purpose of school funding0

    The Kansas Constitution says the Legislature “…shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.”  There’s considerable disagreement over whether ‘suitable’ means an amount of money or just a system of finance, but we should be able to agree on the purpose of school funding.  The purpose is not to spend

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  • Kansas Supreme Court teetering on tyranny

    Kansas Supreme Court teetering on tyranny0

    If the Kansas Supreme Court rejects the Legislature’s latest attempt to mollify on school funding as predicted, Governor Colyer and the Legislature will soon face another monumental decision.  Individually and collectively, they must decide whether (finally) to defend the constitution and reject the court’s attempt to establish a judicial oligarchy or (again) make an even

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  • “Cost” Functions Should Not Be Used to Make Education Spending Decisions

    “Cost” Functions Should Not Be Used to Make Education Spending Decisions0

    Executive Summary In response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Gannon V case, the Kansas Legislature recently contracted with a vendor to analyze the “cost” of educating public school students in grades K-12. Specifically, the vendor was asked to “estimate the minimum spending required to produce a given outcome within a given

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  • Disconnected players lead to education funding mess

    Disconnected players lead to education funding mess0

    Why is the system of funding Kansas public schools such a mess? Whose fault is it? Is it the Legislature’s? The Supreme Court’s? Could it be the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)? Maybe the feds? How about the schools themselves, do they play a role? Or is

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  • School funding plan requires big tax hike

    School funding plan requires big tax hike0

    Calculations provided by Kansas Legislative Research (KLRD) show the $525 million House school funding plan would require a $306 million tax increase next year and a $293 million transfer from the highway fund to comply with state law.  The following three years would require a $215 million tax increase and another $879 million transferred from

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